Shhhh . . . Don’t tell my kids that I’m showing you this picture! One of our house rules is that the dining room must stay neat and clean at all times. It’s the first room that you see when you walk into my house, and I figure that if your first impression is one of a tidy home, maybe you’ll overlook any mess that you see in the rest of the house! I just had to take this picture, though, because it occurred to me as I walked through the dining room this morning, that this is a picture of my life at the moment. The back half of the table is covered with dress forms waiting to be dressed for Quilt Market (which, if you’re counting down with me, is only a month away!) The front half of the table is covered with 50 pounds of tomatoes waiting to be canned and Allen’s homeschool books. Sewing, cooking and schooling . . . and more sewing! Don’t feel bad for me, though! I love sewing (and cooking and homeschooling), and I’m really excited about Quilt Market (and a little bit terrified, too. Am I allowed to say that?) I could use an extra me, though. If you happen to know where I can get one of those, I’d be thrilled!
I have a few fun things to share with you over the next week or so, including two new patterns and a couple of tutorials! I’m really excited about a tutorial that I put together especially for those of you who are football fans. You’ll be able to see it on Friday on one of my very favorite sewing blogs!
On the homefront, I have a few things to share. First of all, I have to share some great pictures of my oldest son, Sean, from a few weeks ago. He’s a senior in high school this year and was chosen as one of the finalists for homecoming king. Isn’t he adorable? (As a side note, the homecoming parade took place on my birthday, and I was so wrapped up in taking pictures, that I almost didn’t notice when the whole group of homecoming king and queen nominees yelled, “Happy Birthday!” to me from the parade! How sweet is that?)
On a bittersweet note, we took a week off to travel to West Virginia last week when Ray’s Great Aunt Hazel passed away at 94. Aunt Hazel, who you can see in the picture below with Charlie last June, was one of my favorite people. She was a beautiful example of a Godly woman, active and full of life, showing people the Jesus that she loved by just being who she was. Most of all, though, she was always laughing or making someone else laugh. She will be very much missed by all of her family and friends but remembered with great joy.